Beware the Past by Joy Ellis ~ #Mystery #BookReview

37562080This was a juicy piece of mystery! I have to say that I was worried when I first started reading this – every noun had at least one adjective, which slowed the pacing and made the sentences feel bogged down and cumbersome, but soon enough, the author shed her excess and settled into a more comfortable groove which kept the book glued to my hand!

There’s plenty of twists and turns and red herrings in this one, and while it wasn’t completely unpredictable (except, perhaps, the very, very end), there was no way I could have stated my suspicions with much conviction. There was a lot going on, but it worked! I’d definitely read another book by this author. 5 stars!

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb18I LOVED this book! Not because it was so wonderfully written or such a great story. (Maybe I should amend my opening statement.) I REALLY enjoyed this book, for reasons that may be hard to describe. It was a nice blend of dark and light, of sinister and funny, which may or may not have been the author’s intention.  Plus, I have a soft spot for British books written with a strong vernacular.

The book centers around a hen party (bachelorette party in America). Can you think of a better setting for a murder? I mean, really, when I read the blurb I thought, “What fun! That’s the PERFECT situation for homicidal intentions to brew.” To be honest, I was a little jealous that I didn’t think of the idea first. The very premise of the book tickled my funny bone. I love plots with a sardonic edge. So maybe it was the idea of the book I loved more than the actual work – I’m not entirely sure – I think I’m too biased on this occasion to say for sure.

The bottom line is that for whatever reason, I really did enjoy this book. The humor may have only been in my head, but this was a quick, fun read. Exactly what I needed, when I needed it. 5 stars.